Their experience and backgrounds vary, but all are excited to be part of either Roland Michener Secondary school (RMSS) or/and Lakeside Outreach and working with the students in their classes.
10 new staff members – Brian Hay, Chris Gardner, Huma Kashif, Lindsay Baird, Kevin Hildingson, Cara Block, Travis Hunt, Nick Kenny, Chad Durling, and Mackenzie Fish have started working at the RMSS and/or Lakeside Outreach school this month.
Here are their profiles:
Brian Hay is the new Vice Principal for RMSS.
Hay for many years was the Vice Principal for the Kinuso School in Kinuso and for the past five years at CJ Schurter school.
Chris Gardner is the new Learning Support Teacher for RMSS. For the past two years, Gardner has worked at the Kinuso school.
Huma Kashif is the new Educational Assistant for junior high (Grade 7,8,9).
Lindsay Baird has been teaching at RMSS for eight years and this year has swapped over to the outreach school and will be teaching all high school classes.
“I switched to the outreach school because I wanted a bit of a change of pace and a different way to see education.”
Baird was born and raised in Slave Lake.
Kevin Hildingson has been teaching for over 10 years and has moved from Wetaskiwin, Alta to become the high school math and science teacher at outreach school this year.
Cara Block has been teaching for many years and most recently was teaching for St Mary’s Elementary school.
Block will be teaching Grade 11 and 12 English and social studies at RMSS.
Block has taught outreach, high school, junior high, elementary and has even been a school administrator.
“I switched because I wanted to get back into high school.”
Block says many years ago she started teaching up in Fox Lake Alta and spent six years there and then went to Manning Alta where she spent one year.
For the last 20 years Block has been teaching in Slave Lake.
Travis Hunt is the new shop class and gym teacher for RMSS.
Previously Hunt was teaching in England, but Hunt is local – from Kinuso.
“I decided to come back to Canada because my visa was expiring,” he says, adding “My sister works at RMSS so I thought I would apply.”
Nick Kenny is the new French teacher for RMSS.
Kenny has been teaching for the past eight years and this will be his first time teaching Alberta.
Before coming to Alberta Kenny and his wife lived in Quebec, but Kenny is originally from Prince Edward Island.
Kenny’s wife is also a French teacher and will be teaching at EG Wahlstrom.
Chad Durling is a new junior high English teacher for RMSS.
This is Durling’s first full-time teaching job. For two years prior Durling was a substitute teacher.
Durling moved to Slave Lake from Nova Scotia.
“I moved because Alberta had better prospects for teachers and I was ready for an adventure.
Mackenzie Fish is the new senior high math and Grade 9 gym teacher for RMSS.
This is Fish’s second teaching job. Last year Fish taught at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy but was let go due to budget cuts.
“I wanted to stay in Slave Lake so I applied to Roland.”
Fish says she grew up in Onoway and wanted to be in a small town.
“The city is too competitive.”